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Preston Burt
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I keep all my stuff in a footlocker in the closet of my home office. My books and videos are in a small bookshelf also in the office. I am currently looking for a good carrying case to take things to gigs, but I am currently using a standard briefcase for transport. I too would like to use "doctor's bag" for shows.
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I keep my less used magic in cardboard boxes on shelves and my books and videos on a bookcase. My up to date magic I store in a tool box called the double sided organizer.
believer
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Bookshelves are a good idea. The books never take up all of the room and magic tricks in front of them adds character. I am messy though and this is good for me.
prodigitalmagic
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I also use the fishing tackle box. If you do this get one without a see through top. (Mr Obvious phone call line 1)
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Slightly off topic, but make sure you keep your stuff in a safe (and dry) place.
I just recently moved and had temporarily stored a lot of my magic in my basement before I moved everything into my study (wanted to repaint and carpet the study.).
BAM, my water heater broke.
It must have broke in the morning. When I came home after work there was over a foot of water in the basement.
I cry now just thinking about it.
Michael Baker
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Put a lamp on your Zig-zag, call it an end table and hope nobody notices. Kidding aside, this is an issue best resolved by each individual, because everybody's magic collection is different. Some magic is worth displaying for aesthetic reasons, while other stuff is best stored away in the best organizer system you can afford. There have been some great suggestions already posted, so no need to be redundant. I will say that your storage methods should be considered a living, breathing thing... unless you stop buying magic stuff from this point forward. It will need to be changed often. Learn to embrace that fact!
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digimaestro
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Aha! A foot locker! I have one not in use, and my magic is spread all over the place.

That's what I will do. Thank you for the idea Preston.

I currently use a Harbin-style table for my shows (which fits into my classic battered briefcase), and I have several doctor bags (with keys) for use as my storage during shows.

The Harbin-style table was available on eBay for $40 (Made in India).

I'm gonna clean out that old footlocker right when I get home.
Bill Hegbli
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Wal-Mart is selling a great plastic foot locker in the auto department. It is only $17.00. They are made buy Contico. Some come with wheels on one end. I purchased 10 of them and find them great for light weight storage and travel.

I have used regular wood foot lockers and found them just too heavy after I fill them. These fit the bill perfectly. You can do as the old time traveling shows and custome make layers of foam for larger equipment. But I found that I can put organize my magic collection just fine with these and they are made to stack. They also have a place for a lock on the lid.

You do realize all this is with the permission of the Wife, don't you? Smile
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digimaestro
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Thanks for the suggestion!

Everything is with permission from the wife. LOL.

One footlocker should hold me for at least two more paychecks.

<SIGH>

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As a 12 year old I have 2 rooms, a magic room with black walls, and an office. That's where I sleep, anyway I bought some plactic storage bins that have the white lids [starilite is the brand]. I painted them so you cant see through it. I put all my close-up show props in one and my other stuff in the other. I stack them all up and when I get booked to perform I take the box with all my show props, put it in my magic table and go. Very easy, and cheap!
Dizzy
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The short answer is 'out of sight'. I moved back home last year and I hear these words often. There isn't a room in our house without a card stuck to the ceiling, books/videos/DVDs on selves and things which you bought when you first started (ravens, sponge balls, sliks ect) which you though were great but have never used since in draws.

Plastic boxes are defintely the best idea. They can be labeled and stacked easily to keep everything dry and dust free. I just wish that there is easier way to swap effects, books, videos and books with people.
Alan Munro
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I use a lot of stackable plastic totes and metal shelving to keep a lot of pieces on. In my living room, I use a large trunk as a coffee table. I keep a lot of stuff in there. Metal cabinets are great places to store things, too.
triadsong
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The props are not the problems but it's the back issues of all of the Magic related Magazines and books. The more I think about it the more I'm sure there needs to be a Home Improvement/re-decorating/organizing show just for magicians.
Rupert Bair
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Being a magi of course everything is levitating. Not!
It is all over the house in roll on tables in cuboards, the rabbit hutch, the dove cages, the hard to reach shelves under the mattress, on top of the mattress on hangers in video libary (decieving cases that make videos look like books!), in the shed, toilet and my bedroom, I like to keep my magic coins at the end of the rainbow. Nobody ever finds them there! I have most of my stuff on a massive shelf in my room. It has 90 degrees in it so it goes on top of the picture rails.
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I have a spare bedroom that has been converted for my magic library. The props are on storage shelves in the basement. The shelves are in the old cole bin that has been converted to a storage room. This way I can keep my toys seperate from the rest of the stuff in the basement.
Tom James
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I use bookselves. they work great. They are also easy to organize.

Tom
iamthegoat2003
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I have a closet organizer and one side is all for magic, I have three drawers and three or four shelves.
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magia355
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The basement is where all my props are kept. Now, I also have some magic in my closet up in my room, but for the most part the basement. Even with all this space, I have stuff still packed due to the lack of space. I hope that in the near future I can finish the basement and set up a room to put all my magic to display.
sethb
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I work almost exclusively with coins, and have found that an inexpensive ($15) medium-size wooden jewelery box does the job. Mine has three rows of felt bumpers that were originally designed to hold tietacs or cuff links; I use them to hold gaffed coins (Scotch & Soda, Chinatown Half, Copper/Silver, Penny & Dime, Sun & Moon, flipper coins, etc.)

A separate bottom drawer holds a number of Okito boxes (standard, slot, boston, mag, shimmed, etc.). And a slightly larger top compartment holds larger coin gaffs and effects (Stack of Quarters, Viking Nest of Boxes, a few shells and other coin sets as well as ungaffed halves, English Pennies and some foreign coinage).

The whole thing takes up almost no space but holds an amazing amount of stuff. Best of all, everything is easily accessible but completely out of sight. After all, we wouldn't want anyone to think there was such a thing as a "trick coin," would we? <g>

I was also lucky enough to commandeer one dresser drawer for the rest of my close-up stuff -- Chop Cups, Color Changing Knives, Cups & Balls, various paddles, Ninja Rings, Devil's Hankies, wands and assorted odds and ends. Books are in a free-standing bookcase, where they belong.

Like they say, my stuff packs small, but plays big!
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"The better you are, the closer they watch" -- Darwin Ortiz, STRONG MAGIC
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Walmart bins saved my marriage!!!!
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